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Man nears 3 millionth mile in world record-holding Volvo
Fox News ^ | 9 July 2012 | Fox News

Posted on 07/09/2012 5:27:49 AM PDT by ShadowAce

It just keeps going, and going, and going. No, it's not a battery. It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S.

Gordon's small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.

The retired schoolteacher from Long Island hopes to reach the 3 million mile mark by next year. He only has 34,000 miles to go.

The 72-year-old Gordon drives his Volvo everywhere. He has held the Guinness World Records mark for High Mileage Vehicle since 2002 and was the first person to hold that record.

"It's just a car I enjoy driving," he said.

He bought his beloved car on June 30, 1966, for $4,150 at the age of 25. "It was a whole year's salary," he said.

Gordon originally wanted the convertible Volvo with air conditioning, but it was too expensive. He paid extra to have an AM/FM radio, though.

"It was $10 extra, and at that time, $10 was a lot. But an AM/FM radio was a big deal," he said.

Gordon's car has just enough room for him and his essentials. His front bumper is filled with pins of his mileage achievements. Even his license plate says "MILNMILER." And his trunk overflows with the many car parts he thinks he might need when on the road.

"I have a set of everything," he said. "If I have it, then I am not going to need it."

Gordon has been taking road trips since he was a kid and continued through his adult years. He says he would just tell his family to pack their things and hit the road. Gordon's two daughters went on his road trips until they outgrew the tiny red car.

"They just couldn't fit in the back anymore. That is when...

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1 posted on 07/09/2012 5:27:55 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: ShadowAce

Volvo B-16 and B-18 4 cylinder engines are bullet proof.


2 posted on 07/09/2012 5:30:02 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: ShadowAce

Retired school teacher?

No wonder he was able to rack up so many miles....probably been retired about 25 years ago


3 posted on 07/09/2012 5:31:22 AM PDT by wally-balls
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Long Island is in the rust belt, how did he escape the northeast corosion?


4 posted on 07/09/2012 5:36:45 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Long Island is in the rust belt, how did he escape the northeast corosion?


5 posted on 07/09/2012 5:36:45 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Long Island is in the rust belt, how did he escape the northeast corosion?


6 posted on 07/09/2012 5:36:45 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Long Island is in the rust belt, how did he escape the northeast corosion?


7 posted on 07/09/2012 5:36:56 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I just don’t understand why the other makers cannot make an engine like that. You’d think they would enjoy the reputation that goes with it.


8 posted on 07/09/2012 5:36:56 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce
...1,176 times across the globe...

I've been around the world twice but I fail to see how one can go (across the globe."

9 posted on 07/09/2012 5:41:41 AM PDT by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Babba Gi

Probably the same Volvo reliability that stops multiple posts.


10 posted on 07/09/2012 5:41:44 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: ShadowAce
I just don’t understand why the other makers cannot make an engine like that. You’d think they would enjoy the reputation that goes with it.

I had a Dodge Dart with a slant 6. Got it from my father in law. I would still be driving it if some drunk on a three wheel motor bike didn't crash into the front at 40 mph. (Car was parked)

11 posted on 07/09/2012 5:43:59 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: ShadowAce

—He bought his beloved car on June 30, 1966, for $4,150 at the age of 25. “It was a whole year’s salary,” he said.—

No wonder there were not that many of them on the road. Back then that was an absurd amount of money for anything without a Ferrari emblem.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 5:45:45 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Babba Gi

What?


13 posted on 07/09/2012 5:46:25 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ShadowAce

Volvo built great cars in the 60’s. I had a 122 and drove forever on its 4 cly. engine. Never had a problem with it. I’d buy one today if they were still being sold. At the time I really wanted the P1800 but it cost more than I could afford.


14 posted on 07/09/2012 5:50:29 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: All

This guy has no regard for the environment. His old Volvo is killing the planet and he is not helping Uhbamuh at all by buying a Volt.

signed,

fiberals.


15 posted on 07/09/2012 5:54:02 AM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: ShadowAce
"If I have it, then I am not going to need it."

Ain't that the truth.

16 posted on 07/09/2012 5:56:24 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ShadowAce
From the article:
"How high does a redwood grow? If it is not messed with, it will grow," said Weine, who hasn't worked on Gordon's car. "And there are very few redwood trees and the same goes with this. There are very few people that can achieve 3 million miles."

What is this guy babbling about Redwoods?

17 posted on 07/09/2012 5:57:12 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (A Dalmation was spotted wagging its tail.)
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To: WillVoteForFood

I confess that the one thing I really hated about cars was carburetors. To me, the move to “reliable” fuel injection completely changed our relationship with cars.


18 posted on 07/09/2012 5:59:00 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ShadowAce


19 posted on 07/09/2012 6:03:39 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: ShadowAce; All
I'm dating myhself here, but the car had a certain cachet in the early 60's, when Roger Moore ( who later on played James Bond) drove on in the TV series "The Saint"

I had a girlfriend in college who had one. It was cute,but I'm 6'4", and couldn't drive it for more than 15 minutes without cramping up. It also jokingly had a rear "seat" that was perfect for a chihuahua.

20 posted on 07/09/2012 6:04:10 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three are a Congress".....John Adams)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I owned a 122 with the B-16 motor. I bought it used and took it to the 350,000 mile mark. I was at a stop light, exiting the freeway when an idiot woman ran into the back of the car, pushing me into the car in front. The Volvo body was turned into an accordion.
The 4 cylinder and 4 speed transmission were lifted out and are still running in a “Model T” street rod project.


21 posted on 07/09/2012 6:04:10 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: ShadowAce
The car still has the original engine, though it was rebuilt twice in the car's lifetime.

Ah Ha, so it only goes a million miles between rebuilds.

22 posted on 07/09/2012 6:07:37 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: Babba Gi
Long Island is in the rust belt, how did he escape the northeast corosion?

He's long retired, and a serious road warrior. Looks like few of the miles are near home.

"With trips to Montreal, Texas and Michigan in just the last month"

23 posted on 07/09/2012 6:09:05 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: cuban leaf

I had a German car in the 70s that had a terrible stall and rough low speed problem that could not be found. Turned out to be a carb that had a Venturi suspended in the main intake throat that was loose and wiggled at certain idle speeds. Most of the time you could have the air intake off and look right at it and could not see it. The dealer couldn’t find it. I finaly saw it myself.


24 posted on 07/09/2012 6:12:59 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: ShadowAce
Lot better than my wife's piece of s#&t Volvo S80 2000. It is completely falling apart at 110,000 miles. The transmission is a Oldsmobile (yes) and it is not sized right for the car. It is known problem for all cars that year. This does not include the interior falling apart, the seals leak all over the engine, Security system failure that costs $1,200 to fix, and is because they put a separate battery in it, the battery leaks and destroys the system. Doors will not lock, sun roof does not work. Other that that it looks pretty parked at the dealer.
The official word from Volvo, “too bad.”
25 posted on 07/09/2012 6:14:29 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: FatherofFive
Dodge Dart with a slant 6

I had a Dodge Aspen with a Slant 6.

The car rusted out completely, it was a real POS. The engine, however, is likely still running in some form or other.

26 posted on 07/09/2012 6:17:42 AM PDT by wbill
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To: KC Burke

I had an Opel GT that had an odd miss at 55 mph. It was fine everywhere else, but seeing as how the speed limit was 55 it was an annoyance. Never did fix it. I loved the car other than that.

I only got rid of it because it was made effectively obsolete with the elimination of leaded premium, and I wasn’t about to throw some stupid additive in every time I filled the tank.


27 posted on 07/09/2012 6:28:38 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: wbill

Had a 1966 Ford Mustang that gave up the ghost after 225,000 miles... Sad.


28 posted on 07/09/2012 6:28:38 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: ShadowAce

Honda does.

And has the rep to go with it.

267,000 miles on my 2.0 VTEC Civic Si - almost broken in.


29 posted on 07/09/2012 6:30:42 AM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9
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To: Babba Gi

I don’t know


30 posted on 07/09/2012 6:46:16 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: Babba Gi

I don’t know


31 posted on 07/09/2012 6:46:33 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: Babba Gi

I don’t know


32 posted on 07/09/2012 6:46:40 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: Babba Gi

I don’t know


33 posted on 07/09/2012 6:46:50 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: cuban leaf
In the late 60s, Opel had a 1.1 liter motor in the Kadett that was extremely strong. Hot rod parts were available for this little 4 banger that would allow 7,000 rpm. Wide open, it sounded like a tin can full of screaming bumble bees.
34 posted on 07/09/2012 6:46:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: NY.SS-Bar9

156,000 on my Honda Pilot. Just got back from the beach with it. Always did all the maintenance on it, bought it new and changed the oil before 100 miles to remove the shavings


35 posted on 07/09/2012 7:07:14 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ShadowAce
wow..

3,000,000/46years=65,217 miles a year... For 46 years...
65,217/365days/year=179 miles A DAY!!!!!!
He likes road trips???? Wow! Just wow... That is some road trip, DAILY....

36 posted on 07/09/2012 7:14:07 AM PDT by China Clipper ( Animals? Sure I like animals. See? There they are, right next to the potatoes!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The rear-end in my Opel GT went out once and I upgraded to a Kadet rear end.

The reason? In Europe, the GT came with a rear anti-sway bar. In the US they didn’t so they plugged the four mounting holes in the frame with nylon “screws”. The Kadet used the same rear axle and NEEDED the anti sway bar in the US. So I bought the axle with the sway bar attached (no extra charge), removed the plugs and attached it. It was “sweet”!


37 posted on 07/09/2012 7:29:14 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: China Clipper

That’s what I’m thinking. This man does literally nothing but drive and maintain his car. He has probably never seen anything in his life but the highway — Canada and Florida look just the same to him. His children have no memory of him anyplace but behind the wheel. I hope they bury him in the car, since it’s clearly what he loves more than anything.


38 posted on 07/09/2012 8:01:26 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: cuban leaf

I remember the GT.
It resembled a small Corvette.

Someone said they planned to drop a Chevy 350 in an Opel like your’s.
Don’t know how it turned out.


39 posted on 07/09/2012 8:32:58 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I always thought the GT was designed after the Corvette. It turned out it was the opposite. The Corvette was designed after the Opel. There was not a lot of room in that engine compartment for much more engine. Heck, one thing I loved about the car is that even though I’m over six foot, I still fit in it, but just barely. I was amazed, after I had owned the car for a couple of years, that the drive train tunnel is not in the center of the car. The passenger side is rather tight. :-)


40 posted on 07/09/2012 8:35:59 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

I’m amazed that GM is closing the Opel plant in Germany in favor of connecting with Peugeot.


41 posted on 07/09/2012 9:33:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: ShadowAce

My daughter just bought a ‘96 Volvo S90 from a friend of mine who bought it new. It’s got 225,000 miles and runs fine.

But, my Pontiac Vibe runs great at 202,000 and my other daughter had a Mercury Sable that’s pushing 200,000 miles too.

Cars just last longer now.


42 posted on 07/09/2012 10:03:29 AM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: cyclotic

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/question-of-the-day-is-300k-the-new-200k/


43 posted on 07/09/2012 10:13:09 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

I think you’re right. My Vibe is a 2006. I bought it two years ago with 140K. Whoever owned it first must have done nothing but drive. I drive 60-100 miles a day just for work and can’t come close to matching those kind of miles.


44 posted on 07/09/2012 10:26:17 AM PDT by cyclotic (People who live within their means are increasingly being forced to pay for people who didn't.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Volvo B-16 and B-18 4 cylinder engines are bullet proof....and they fit perfectly into MGBs.


45 posted on 07/09/2012 10:32:14 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My ex totaled mine out on one of her nights out with the girls.(That wasn’t)


46 posted on 07/09/2012 11:23:20 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Ever taken the linkage cover off an MGB transmission ?


47 posted on 07/09/2012 12:26:31 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Ever taken the linkage cover off an MGB transmission ?

Sure have, have you had one go blooey on you? In fact, as we speak, I am bolting an original Laycock de Normanville Electrically Actuated Overdrive Unit to an MGB trans. By Summer's end I hope to have my next, and last MGB on the road, all stock except for shock-converted double wishbone front end, and the single Weber Intake. Chassis is 1971.

My favorite bastardization of all time was to use the Ford Capri v6 with 5 speed. The unit was so light, that although it ran very sweetly, I could never get the suspension right! Next owner did.

48 posted on 07/09/2012 1:25:31 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Kenny Bunk
I've owned two Jaguars and a big Healy with the electric overdrive you mentioned but never owned an MG.
My first jaguar was a 1960 XK 150 S (late model with the gold head 3.8 E type engine.) I could get four or five levels of cackle with the little switch on the dash. Of course, a set of Midas mufflers contributed some to the music.
The MG tranny contains three little ball bearings that are spring loaded under the shifter cover. Opening this cover without care allows the balls to fly about the garage space and it can be troublesome to locate the little devils...
49 posted on 07/09/2012 1:59:11 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
.....three little ball bearings that are spring loaded under the shifter cover....

Happens to everyone ....once.

The MGB actually has a much better chassis than either the Healey or your 150. It is quite rigid and immensely strong. It does, OTOH, weigh in at around 3,000lbs!

I switched for a long while to Italian cars. My Alfa Giulietta weighed 1800 lbs, a FIAT 1500 Roadster about the same (same designer as the MGB) and they were a whole lot livelier than an MGB. Of course, with that much less metal, they rusted out in the blink of an eye in New England. The best of that early lot IMHO ... the 71-73 FIAT 124 Roadsters. Cheap, light, fast, reasonably strong. The Coupe version is definitely one of the best cheap sports cars ever made. After 1973, sports cars died. Heavy bumpers, reinforcements, pollution controls, etc etc. Jimmied out of existence by that dippy airbag broad Joan Claybrook. I hope she was run over by a 1949 Ford with bad rings.)

50 posted on 07/09/2012 2:49:05 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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